We’ve all heard the popular adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but what makes breakfast more significant than any other meal? In trying to answer this question, it is important to remember that breakfast is a time of day, not a type of food.
Benefits of a Good Breakfast
Eating breakfast benefits children and adults alike in numerous ways:
- Improved Performance at Work and School- Studies have shown that children who have eat a balanced breakfast get sleepy at school, have a hard time paying attention, and tend to binge eat later in the day. In adults, it’s been proven that those who eat a healthy breakfast are more efficient during their workday than those who do not.
- Daily Energy- Throughout the night when you’re sleeping, your body is forced to fast until the morning. Eating breakfast means you’re breaking the fast and supplying your body and brain the energy they need.
- Decreased Risk of Overeating Later- By eating breakfast, you feel satisfied and have sustained energy during the workday. But by skipping breakfast, you are much more likely to binge later in the day. According to a study, most people who have lost weight and kept it off eat breakfast every day.
- Nutritional Benefits- Aside from sustained energy and focus, breakfast is also an opportunity to eat nutritious foods. Whole grains, fruits, and dairy are all great options to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
- Diabetic Benefits- Breakfast is especially important for people with diabetes. If there’s no food around, a person with diabetes runs the risk of hypoglycemia. According to the American Diabetes Journal, what we know from research is that there’s much better glycemic control when a person’s carbohydrates are spread out.
Breakfast skippers have a much harder time fitting important nutrients into their diet, as many breakfast foods have significant amounts of vitamins C/D, fiber, calcium, and iron. So always remember, whatever your choice may be, just eat something!